Colorado Department of Revenue
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Low-Power Scooter information effective October 1, 2009

Released September 29,2009.  Current Information Available at Low-Power Scooter


The following is effective October 1, 2009:

  • Creates a definition for Low-power Scooter 42-1-102(48.5)
    • Self-propelled vehicle designed primarily for use on the roadways with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, no manual clutch, and either of the following:
      • A cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty cubic centimeters if powered by internal combustion; or
      • A wattage not exceeding four thousand four hundred seventy six if powered by electricity.
    • Low-power scooter shall not include a toy vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, wheelchair, or any device designed to assist mobility-impaired people who use pedestrian rights-of-way.
  • Creates a definition for Electrical Assisted Bicycle 42-1-102(28.5)
    • Vehicle having two tandem wheels or two parallel wheels and one forward wheel, fully operable pedals, an electric motor not exceeding 750 watts of power and a top motor powered speed of 20 mph.
  • Creates a definition for Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device (Segway) 42-1-102(28.7)
    • Self-balancing, nontandem two-wheeled device, designed to transport only one person, that is powered solely by an electric propulsion system producing an average power output of no more than 750 watts.
  • Modifies the definition of toy vehicle to eliminate the wheel diameter and to exclude off-highway vehicles or snowmobiles 42-1-102(103.5).
  • Modifies the definition of vehicle to include an electrical assisted bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device 42-1-102(112).
  • Clarifies the definition of motorcycle to specify that it does not include low-power scooter 42-1-102(55).
  • Clarifies the definition of motor vehicle to specify that it does not include low-power scooter 42-1-102(58).
  • Deletes the definition of motor-driven cycle 42-1-102(56).
  • Deletes the definition of motorscooter and motorbicycle 42-1-102(59)(a) and motorized bicycle 42-1-102(59)(b).
  • Requires the operator of a low-power scooter to possess a valid driver's license.
  • Requires a low-power scooter to be registered by the Department of Revenue. Registration will be evidenced by a decal issued by the state office that is valid for three years.


The following is effective July 1, 2010:

  • Requires the low-power scooter owners to have insurance upon registration and pay the motorist insurance identification fee.
  • Allows Motor Vehicle Dealers or Used Motor Vehicle Dealers to act as an authorized agent of the department for the purposes of registering low-power scooters.
  • Requires the owner of a low-power scooter to have complying insurance to operate the low-power scooter.